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Man once reported missing now accused of multiple sex offenses with child victim, destroying evidence

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John Conner (Source: MCSO) John Conner (Source: MCSO)
John Conner (Source: MCSO) John Conner (Source: MCSO)
MARION, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said a man who they initially began investigating as a missing person has been charged with multiple sex offenses including a child victim and is accused of destroying criminal evidence in McDowell County.

Deputies said family of John Wesley Conner, 50, of Mountain Hemlock Drive in Marion, had reported him missing on Jan. 16 and told deputies he was threatening to harm himself.

During their investigation into his disappearance, deputies said they learned that Conner had made inappropriate sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions.

Conner was located and taken into custody on Jan. 19 and charged.

On Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, deputies announced additional charges after they discovered "more incidents of molestation"

Conner now faces five counts counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, two counts of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult, one count each of  of statutory rape, and altering, stealing or destroying criminal evidence.

Deputies added one charge each of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult; taking indecent liberties with a child; and altering, stealing or destroying criminal evidence.

The latest criminal charges stem from incidents involving the same 11-year-old victim as the earlier offenses.

Deputies said Conner is also accused of destroying computer files regarding a sex offense.

Conner was also charged with one count each of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after those items were found on his person following his arrest.

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